So this was posted on Tiger Woods’ official website on Friday:
“Playing seven out of nine weeks with an additional trip to Ireland for Ryder Cup practice was taxing both mentally and physically and I feel like I need another week away from competitive golf. I’m confident that this extended break will help me to recharge my batteries for the 2007 season.”
Woods has made $9 million playing in a season that was shortened by the death of his father. While he’s not the first to cut his season short, it does bring into question any chance Woods will ever play the Canadian Open again, especially with its new summer date, and the possibility of forcing top players to play five weeks in a row. Since that won’t happen, there’s not a chance we’ll see Mickelson or Woods in Canada, regardless of whether the RCGA has a chartered jet or not. After all, Woods and Mickelson weren’t flying commercial anyway.
But just how tired is Tiger Woods? Well he won’t play the Tour Championship, despite playing some of his best golf in his life, and the fact there are only 30 competitors. By the way, does anyone know whether Weir would get in if he stands in 32cnd place after this weekend’s play now that Woods, Ames and Mickelson aren’t playing? What does it say about the state of professional golf when 10% of your players aren’t contesting one of your top events?
Still, there’s a chance Woods might make it to Canada next year. There is word that Nike may hold another Canadian Tiger Woods event, like they did at Magna in 2005. Speculation is the event might land at an exclusive course on the East Coast…
Of course, Woods isn’t completely shutting down his year. He may be tired, but he’s still jetting to China to play. Here’s what his website had to say about the rest of the year:
Tiger comments on his decision not to compete in the 2006 TOUR Championship. Woods will play in the HSBC Champions Tournament, Dunlop Phoenix Tournament, PGA Grand Slam of Golf, and Target World Challenge Presented by Countrywide to close out his season.